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A Happy Parent Makes A Happy Child

That is so easy to say but at some points in life, it’s not possible — or at least not easy — to feel happy. However, even at those times it is possible to feel happier. By taking whatever steps you can manage to give yourself a happiness boost, you give yourself a deeper reservoir to deal with your happiness challenge. Here are some strategies to consider:

Remind yourself of reasons to be grateful.

When things look really dark, it’s hard to feel grateful, but remembering what’s good in your life – this can help put problems into perspective.

Do something fun.

Temporarily distract yourself from the stress, and re-charge your battery, with an enjoyable activity – funny movies work well, or listen to your favourite music and wander down memory lane to a happy event in you past.

Look for meaning.

Re-frame an event to see the positive along with the negative. You don’t need to be thankful that something bad has happened, but you can try to find positive consequences even in a catastrophic event.

Take action.

If you’re in a bad situation, take steps to bring about change. Ask yourself, “What exactly is the problem?” It’s astounding how often, when one takes time to identify a problem exactly, a possible solution presents itself.

Connect with friends and family.

Strong relationships are a KEY to happiness, so fight the impulse to isolate yourself. Show up. Make plans. Ask for help, offer your help to others. Or just have some fun and forget your troubles for a while.

How do I Exercise My Brain?

Everyone wants to be sharp, alert and with brainpower that is available on command. The brain is just like every other part of your body – if you don’t exercise it, it gets out of shape. Many people believe that there are forms of exercise that you can do, and there are!

Interactive Metronome is one way in which people can keep their brains operating at peak potential. This is a form of therapy that involves auditory sound and interactive exercises to keep the brain responding at its best.

Besides this form of therapy, here are a few things that you can try at home to get your brain back to its quick thinking form:

Quit television. TV is a great way to unwind and relax, but that’s just the thing. If you are spending hours relaxing in front of the TV, you are merely sitting there being told what to think. Turn the TV off for a bit and start doing more things that require the use of your brain.

Crosswords, puzzles and brainteasers. You don’t have to be a genius to enjoy these. You can change the way you think and actually get your brain working by choosing to do a few of these each week. You can even turn it into something fun, like a games night with the family and friends.

Read, read and read some more. The more you read, the more you learn. If you take the time to read the daily news and keep up to date with current events, your brain will start reacting to conversations and so on. You might even have some interesting inputs to add at your next social gathering.

Exercise. Being involved in some form of team sport is a great way to get the brain active. Your brain will need to respond quickly and coordinate with your body and responses. This is a great way to get things started too.

These are just a few things that you can do to exercise your brain. The professionals at Winning Wayz are also always available to assist you with some new methods and ideas along the way.

Early Intervention and School Readiness

Starting school for the first time can be an overwhelming experience for a child. Many children are not sure how to behave, don’t know how to concentrate or pay attention and many may even appear to act out or seem unable to absorb the lessons being presented to them. If your child is reaching school starting age then early intervention is recommended. School readiness can be achieved before starting school and if your child has already started, then don’t fear – it’s still not too late. You can get your child a little extra help to get him or her focused, dedicated and able to learn all the new things planned.

Laying a strong foundation for your child’s education is vitally important if you want to ensure that he or she is able to focus and learn with ease. Preparation training should help a child to focus better, control their impulses, co-ordinate better and listen and understand instruction with greater ease.

IM is known to help with a variety of things such as improving your child’s ability to store new information and ideas, pay attention, smoothly process tasks mentally, learning to sequence things such as days and events, and to learn coordinated movements such as tying shoelaces and riding a bicycle, which can be tasks that a child finds generally challenging.

Experienced professionals in the industry at Winning Wayz suggest that parents consider the process of Interactive Metronome which involves auditory sound and interactive exercise to help children strengthen their abilities and focus on what is important. The process is kept fun and interesting for children and parents can be kept in the loop at all times during their training.

Wanting the best for your child is a normal goal for parents. By considering early intervention and school readiness training, your child can have the best chance at a solid foundation for their education ahead.

Brain Exercise for Positive Developmental Change!

Have you ever heard the saying that “timing is everything”? Well, it’s true! Timing is very important in our daily lives. It is important for work and for play. When it comes to sports men and women and even bodybuilders, time and actual exercise (practice) play very important roles.

If you want to improve on strength and muscle in the body, you will need to repeat and keep changing your exercises to ensure that your body is responding correctly and that you are improving. It is much the same for the brain. If you want your brain to be functioning at its best you will need to exercise it and ensure that it is keeping good time.

Neural timing and the brain’s plasticity is believed to be able to be the cause of development, learning and even motor skills problems. If you get the timing right, or improved, you can expect to be able to improve on the development of certain skills and learning abilities. Brain exercise is not only aimed at children with learning conditions, but is also great for treating the elderly.

It is believed that poor timing or under developed timing can be the reason why children cannot learn or even the elderly lose their balance more easily. Many medical experts and therapists agree that alternative treatments are a viable option for those who want to improve their lives and that of their loved ones.

Treatments that help to get the timing right in your brain will be able to help with the following:

  • Self-control
  • Reading comprehension
  • Speech and language
  • Coordination
  • Gait / balance
  • Concentration

Professional Interactive Metronome therapists at Winning Wayz will assist you with working through the problems you or your loved one is suffering and will assist you with a variety of exercises and challenges that you can do that will improve on the problems as well as your quality of life.

Take the Guesswork Out of ADD and ADHD with Interactive Metronome

As a parent, having a child with ADD or ADHD can be a scary concept. You may not understand what either really is, or you might not know how to handle it. There are many who think that children with ADD or ADHD are “sufferers” and this does not need to be the case.

As with any condition there are ways in which to control or manage the symptoms, and you can expect for your child to live a perfectly happy, balanced and normal life. Forget all the horror stories you hear about development and learning progress with children that have ADD and ADHD, and take the time to realise that there is a lot you CAN do to help your child lead a normal and happy life.

If you are at this point of doing research then you are lucky! Many adults might not recognise the symptoms of ADD and ADHD and simply think their child is being lazy or rebelling. Before we get into possible treatments for these conditions, let’s simplify the difference between the two:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – this is a condition where children are inattentive as well as hyperactive, disruptive to other students and impulsive.
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) – this is a condition where children are distracted and unable to pay attention for long periods of time. While this is similar to ADHD those who have it are not as disruptive or impulsive behaviour.

It is important to remember that there are ways in which you can help your child to deal with his or her ADD or ADHD. Keeping a positive attitude and exploring the various options available to you is the best way to help your child and you will find that many professionals in the field of treatments of this condition will be willing to work with you to find a solution that works specifically for your child.

Say NO to Losing Your Balance When Growing Old

Are you getting older and frustrated at how easy it is becoming to lose your balance and footing? If you find that you lose your balance more frequently these days, don’t fret too much! This is a common problem and you are certainly not alone. More importantly – there are ways in which to combat this problem. Some questions may be playing on your mind and we hope that these FAQ’s can help you understand better:

Q. Why do I lose my balance?

A. You will find that various medical and health professionals will have different theories and all of them can sound legitimate. If we have to think about it logically, the reason why older people find it hard to balance and maintain a firm footing can be due to physical strength, coordination, gait, muscle development and the time it takes for their brain to respond to visual and audio factors. If you stop exercising and strengthening these muscles and skills, you will find it harder to make use of them when they are needed.

Q. How can the problem of imbalance be rectified? 

A. There are numerous things that can be done to help the problem, but these are not exercises or methods that can be carried out once and never again. If you want long lasting affects you are going to have to take the time to repeat exercises and try new ones continuously to ensure progress that is on-going.

Q. What are my options?

A. There are various therapies available on the market and we suggest that you look into the alternative treatments available before you make your final decision. Professional Interactive Metronome therapists at Winning Wayz will be able to assist you with making a choice that is right for you and will help to improve your quality of life.

Learning to Read With Dyslexia

Do you feel panicked at the idea of your child potentially suffering from Dyslexia? Don’t worry if you do – you are not alone. Parents all around the world are faced with the same fears and these fears are generally as a result of not actually understanding the disorder. Dyslexia, despite popular misinformation, is not an indication of a person’s intelligence. It is a disorder that involves a person finding it difficult to read or make sense of it immediately.

People who have Dyslexia also find it hard to interpret some of the words and letters that they read. Why do some people have this disorder and live with it? It is all about how it is approached and how learning and teaching is done. How someone learns and concentrates can affect how they read and remember things and it is a proven fact that those who are able to focus on a subject with no external disruption are those who will retain the information better.

If your child has Dyslexia there is every reason to believe that he or she can learn to read effectively. Professional educators know that there are 3 things that a student needs to be able to do effectively in order to learn. If a child is able to do these things then you are on the road to success:

  • Retain information in their active working memory
  • Update existing information with new information as it is needed
  • Direct their own attention to the task at hand instead of other things

It is important to remember that your child will need understanding teachers who will have experience in dealing with children who suffer from this disorder. Making the lessons that help teach your child fun and interactive is known to be the best way to get them interested and learning. Fun exercises that are changed regularly and kept up will make it easier for your child to learn to read, associate words and meanings and feel like they are making progress.

As a parent you will want to do anything possible to help your child to lead a normal life and we are here to tell you that that is definitely possible! Let the Winning Wayz team help!

Improving your child’s confidence and self-esteem

Nothing can be more heart breaking than realising that your child has low self-esteem or is lacking confidence. Unfortunately many parents have to watch this and it can have quite a negative impact on your child’s life. If you are reading this blog then chances are that you have decided that the time to act is now. Taking steps to improve on your child’s confidence and self-esteem is a great way to ensure that they can grow and develop into the strong, confident and powerful little humans that they are destined to be.

Kids who know what their skills are and feel empowered are often able to better handle conflicts, challenges and disappointments in their lives. The “get up and go” approach that most kids have requires good self-esteem and belief in themselves. Being optimistic and realistic is something that we all want our children to be.

If you aren’t entirely sure if your child is lacking confidence or has low self-esteem, we have put a few pointers or signs together that you can look out for:

  • Your child seems anxious or frustrated in certain situations.
  • Your child cannot find solutions to problems or doesn’t seem to believe that he or she can.
  • Your child’s immediate response to a new or challenging situation is “I can’t”.
  • Your child appears to be depressed or withdrawn around other children.

These are a few signs that you should look out for. The best time to try and assist your child is now. Instilling a sense of self-worth and belonging is important if you want your child to reach adulthood fully developed, happy and balanced. Unfortunately it is a lot harder to become confident and have good self- esteem when you are older.

 

Chat to us at Winning Wayz (Qualified Interactive Metronome Practitioners) for some more information and advice regarding your child and the challenges that he or she is faced with.

Regaining executive function after a stroke

You have recently had a stroke and the after effects are worrying you! What do you do? What type of recovery period are you faced with? All the questions and concerns can be overwhelming, but we are here to tell you to take a breath and realise that your recovery has already started and there are options available to you to make the process as simple and effective as possible.

Regaining executive function after a stroke is not about the physical development, but rather the recovery of the part of the brain that assists with things like problem solving, organising things, thought process and so on.

Up to 75% of stroke sufferers will have executive function difficulties, so keep in mind that there are many others with the same issues and there is a support system available should you need one. There are various associations and support groups in place that are designed to help you cope with your new condition and how to live a normal and happy life.

You might be worried about what you or a loved one will be faced with directly after a stroke, so we have compiled a list of common problems that you, or your loved one, may experience:

  • Cognitive problems
  • Communicating clearly
  • Depression
  • Tiredness
  • Emotional control problems
  • Impaired vision

While these are some of the problems and challenges that you can expect to have to overcome it is important to remember that there is life after a stroke. Your loved ones and family will be supportive through the process and with a professional therapist on your side you can expect to make progress and add value to your life.

Treatments for recovery often involve exercises that are kept fun and interesting and before you know it you will be regaining executive function after your stroke with each new challenge.

Dyspraxia – improve motor-skills and co-ordination

Understanding Dyspraxia can be tough if you have never been faced with it before. A person who has Dyspraxia will have the following problems to contend with:

  • General movement
  • Co-ordination
  • Thought process
  • Judgement
  • Some cognitive skills
  • Memory

People who have this disorder are referred to as having Motor Learning Difficulties / Motor Skills Disorder as this is precisely what the problem is. If you think that your child might be suffering from this you will notice that he or she struggles with effectively completing fine motor tasks or planning what needs to be done in order for a challenge to be overcome.  To explain simply, your child will struggle with things such as brushing teeth or using the correct gestures when greeting and so on.

Some may confuse this disorder with it being a sign of poor intelligence which is an incorrect assumption. It is also important to realise that you can help your child to improve motor-skills and co-ordination through various exercises which are kept fun for your child. It is by keeping things fun and challenging that will encourage your child to become involved and eager to learn and improve.

It is important to also realise that Dyspraxia can be detected in very early childhood. What are the warning signs? Your child will take longer to learn to do the following:

  • Crawl and sit
  • Stand and walk
  • Speak or answer questions
  • Build up a useful vocabulary
  • Be potty trained

If you miss the early warning signs, you may notice these as your child is a little older:

  • Difficulty dressing (doing up buttons, tying shoe laces, working a zipper and so on)
  • Lack of concentration
  • Use stairs (both up and down)
  • Fidgeting or bumping into things
  • Using scissors, colouring in, drawing and so on

If you fear your child may have this disorder it is best to speak to the professionals in the field for some advice and guidance. At Winning Wayz (qualified Interactive Metronome practitioners) we have all the information that you require.